Tuesday, February 26, 2008

So There Bryan! Olé!



My VIP pass still hasn't come. Well Bryan, actions speak louder than words. I'm not going to be sitting around waiting for you. I've been busy cooking instead.

Chocolate always helps. Dreena's Homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies are great therapy.

I had some bananas that I had bought specifically to bake with. They'd sat around for a week and were nice and ripe. I used them to make Banana-Date-Walnut Muffins from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen, but minus the dates. I just wanted the nuts. You can find the recipe here.

One night for a snack, we had nachos.





On the side we had salsa and I made some guacamole to go with it because what are nachos without the guac?

Some argue that tomatoes aren't to be added, but we like a little bit of tomato in ours. I don't know why I don't make this more often. It's a snap to make and takes all of 5 minutes max. We gobble it up and practically lick the bowl clean.

Continuing a bit on the Mexican theme - I was watching Barefoot Contessa (which I love by the way), and she made Tequila Lime Chicken that I knew I could make using Quorn.

It turned out delicious! There was a little bit of a bite to it from the jalapeno peppers and the flavours were divine. To go along with it I made some rice & beans.

I highly doubt this is very authentic, but it was tasty. I had some cooked rice, added kidney beans, some sauteed celery & onions along with some canned chilies, tomato sauce, chili powder & some spices. Then I baked it in the oven so the flavours could meld together.

On the side, another serving of Lemon-Broiled Green Beans from ED&BV. To drink, we kept with the Mexican flavour and had margaritas. I took a picture, but it didn't turn out that great, so you can use your imagination.

For dessert, I went to the Barefoot Contessa again and made
Blueberry Crumb Cake. I didn't make the recipe vegan, I just made it as given, but it would be so easy to veganize.

As luck would have it, organic blueberries were on sale! Who would have thought. In February? The cake had a bit of lemon flavour and I loved how the blueberries sunk to the bottom. The crumb topping was a bit crunchy & delicious. Boy, was I full. I didn't even care about a VIP pass anymore.

I want to leave you with a picture of Simon. That dog is a constant source of laughs for us. We have a closet in the kitchen that is conveniently lined with shelves. I keep Simon's food and treats in there. And he knows it. Sometimes, he feels like having a treat and to let us know, he will stand and stare at the door. He just stands there. I don't know if he's trying to use the powers of his doggie mind to open the door or what. Sometimes, he's feeling lazy, so he does this.


Carrie said...

oh man, all of that food looks absolutely divine!!

Melody Polakow said...

Everything looks amazing! I love Dreena's chocolate chip cookies..

The rice , nachos and quac are calling my name. I ADORE quac so much...

Simon is adorable. J is like that too when she wants food. She'll park herself and just STARE... it's pretty funny to watch.

VeggieGirl said...

I just made those cookies (and posted about them yesterday)!! I added vegan white-chocolate chips to the mix :0)

Oh and those muffins from the Fatfree Vegan Kitchen were the VERY FIRST treats that I EVER baked, in my entire life!! Ahh, nostalgia...

Simon is just too funny!! :0D

The Veggie Vixen said...

Where did you get your Quorn? Is there some place in Burlington that sells it or did you buy it in the US?

The Veggie Vixen

Vegan_Noodle said...

Oh wow, those nachos loook super tasty. I like tomato in my guac as well....

Tanya Kristine said...

haaaaaaa hahaha...simon looks so funny.

that looks like chicken...my mouth is watering. and i like tomatoes AND mayonnaise in my guac...i hear the groans now. :)

Catherine said...

tomatoes in guac?? the horror!! ;-)

(i just don't like anything to get in the way of the avocado yumminess. well, other than a little garlic, onion, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, and cilantro, that is!)

simon rocks. (what kind of pup is he? he kind of looks like vicki (vegan vice's) jolie!)

Carrie™ said...

Vixen - I did get the Quorn in the US. We cross border shop for just that kind of thing two or three times a year. For some reason, the gov't won't approve Quorn in Canada - yet. Who knows why. It's been sold in Britain for years.

Catherine - Simon's a Jack Russell. He's a big one - I guess they call them tall, but he's JRT through and through.

madeinalaska said...

simon is to cute.. and we love those cookies here in our house!

Michelle Ann said...

Those nachos look delicious!

And Simon...so adorable.

Tanya Kristine said...

i was hoping you'd visit my site so you could see kody's video on his site...i thought you and simon would like it...

Jody from VegChic said...

Guac was an acquired taste for me, but I love the stuff now.

Dreena's choc chip cookies are fabulous, aren't they? I made them for some omni friends a few weeks back and they were all raving.

Simon is one crazy little pooch. Don't ever train him to speak if he wants something. My mom trained one her fox terriers to speak when he wanted to play fetch. If he could see or smell a racquetball, he would start barking for hours!

Wino Will said...

Hey it's March 13th already and no scrumptious posts... hope you're cruising or somewhere in the sun relaxing and not snowed under somewhere. Cheers, Ww

Urban Vegan said...

Oh, Simon. You're too cute.

All of the food looks amazing. We've spent tons of time in Mexico and have had guac with and without tomatoes. I guess everyone has their own recipe. I like it with, personally. I'd quickly become a nachoholic with your version of the chips.

aTxVegn said...

All the Mexican food looks so yummy! And the blueberry cake looks fantastic.

Tanya Kristine said...

wher eyou go?